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New Cancer Center Approved

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - A new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art cancer treatment center is coming to the Hub City. On Tuesday, the board of trustees at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital approved building a new $47.5 million facility to house the Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center.

A dream came true Tuesday night for Carl Kirkland. "I am a cancer survivor myself and of course, many people in all of our families, we all have a cancer survivor," said Carl Kirkland. He and his wife Alice donated $5 million to make this cancer center a reality. "We're excited about it and we believe and hope that it will be something that the city of Jackson can benefit from," added Kirkland.

"Right now we have different treatments going on at different places in the hospital and this will provide one central location for cancer patients to go and make it so much easier, much more patient friendly," said vice president of hospital services, Catherine Kwasigroh. Hospital officials said each year their doctors diagnose more than 1,300 new patients with some form of the deadly disease.

The empty lot across the street from the hospital's patient discharge is where they will break ground on the new cancer center at the end of August.

Executive Director Gina Myracle believes the new facility will help them better focus on healing each and every patient. "Every decision that we've made we've always tried to ask the question, what's the best thing for the patient," stated Myracle. The cancer center will also include an outside healing garden, a chapel, boutique, and a cafe. "Our goal in the new cancer center is that our patients will feel like they've taken the next step toward survivorship. It's a journey of hope," added Myracle.

The new cancer center is expected to break ground August 24, and will take a little more than a year to be built.